Allergy Cause


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allergy-causeThere are a host of health-related symptoms and illnesses which are attributed to allergies when they are actually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. We have assembled the following table to help you determine whether or not your health symptoms may be allergies or is in fact more related to a viral or bacterial issue.

A central question is important to each of these complaints: Is it caused by a virus, bacteria or an allergic reaction? In general, the doctor has more effective treatments than is available at home for a bacterial infection. Remember that viral or allergies do not improve with treatments by penicillin or other antibiotics. To demand a “penicillin shot” for a cold or allergy is asking for a drug reaction such as a more serious “superinfection” and is actually a waste of time and money.

Keep in mind that factors other than diseases may cause or contribute to upper respiratory symptoms. Smoking accounts for a large number of coughs and sore throats. Pollution (smog) can produce the same problems.

Symptom

Virus

Bacteria

Allergy

Runny nose?

Often

Rare

Often

Headache?

Often

Rare

No

Dizzy?

Often

Rare

Rare

Fever?

Often

Often

No

Cough?

Often

Sometimes

Rare

Raising sputum?

Rare

Often

Rare

Hoarseness?

Often

Rare

Sometimes

Recurs during a particular season?

No

No

Often

A single complaint such as sore throat,earache, sinus pain or cough

Unusual

Usual

Unusual

Do antibiotics help?

No

Yes

No

Can the doctor help?

Seldom

Yes

Sometimes

Source: Take Care Of Yourself book by Donald M. Vickery and James F. Fries, M.D.

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Electromagnetic Allergies


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electromagnetic-allergies

Our society, with its many advantages, is not risk-free. We must continually weigh the benefits derived from new materials and products against the potentials hazards. Many problems arising from external sources of electromagnetic force of beyond our control~but we can make evaluations, take precautions and exercise control over our own use of devices which emit a electromagnetic frequency (EMF.)

People have experienced symptoms and illnesses from using electromagnetic devices ranging from headaches to cancer. European countries such as Sweden and others have set minimum standards for exposure to electromagnetic fields, while the U.S. seems to mostly ignore the issue. As a result, the burden of limiting exposure to an electric energy field has been placed on the public themselves throughout much of the world. The key to limiting exposure is the gathering of knowledge about electromagnetic energy and the possible effects on the human body.

Consider the length of time that you use electrical appliances everyday. For example, the electromagnetic field generated from an electric razor or hair dryer is greater than that of a television set or computer, exposure time to these appliances is much shorter.

Here are some simple precautions you may take to protect against electromagnetic low-frequency energy waves or fields:

  • Keep as few electrical appliances in your bedroom as possible. This will help minimize the exposure during your sleeping time.
  • Do not use electric blankets or heating pads, especially near your head.
  • Use a screening shield to reduce the waves from your computer monitor if you use an old-style CRT unit or purchase a newer LCD type monitor which emits low electromagnetic frequency.
  • Check all electrical cords to insure their insulation is intact.
  • Choose a bedroom which is far removed from the entry of the main electrical source into the home.
  • If possible, choose a home site that is far from overhead high-power electrical lines.
  • Avoid free-standing or individual electric room heaters.
  • PET-OWNERS: Keep your dogs and cats from lying on electrical cords for long periods of time as they can develop serious illnesses from exposure to EMF just as humans. In fact, it is believed that certain canine and feline leukemia cases may be caused by their exposure to EMF.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Electromagnetic energy fields can have the most detrimental effect on the brain, so limit your exposure to these fields over time and keep a distance of at least 12” when possible. This would include the usage of a cell phone; use a wireless bluetooth device or even an external mic whenever possible to minimize your overall exposure times.

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Dust Mite Allergies


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dust-mite-allergiesIt would be hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard about the dreaded “dust mite.” But most people have no idea that the dust mite is the number one cause of household related allergies and asthma.

Dust mites are found in the indoor environment and are most prevalent in the bedroom where they fest on the skin flakes in bedding. Oddly enough, people are rarely allergic to the dust mite themselves but the feces of the dust mite. The fecal matter of the dust mites contain a protein that allergy and asthma sufferers are sensitive to. In fact, allergy and asthma researchers state that most all allergy and asthma sufferers are hypersensitive to the protein found dust mite feces. It is only a matter of how much of this protein they must breath in at any one time to create a direct symptom.

The Microscopic Dust Mite
House dust mites, due to their very small size and translucent bodies, are barely visible to the unaided eye. A typical house dust mite measures 0.25–0.3 millimeters (0.010–0.012 in) in length. For accurate identification, one needs at least 10× magnification. The body of the house dust mite has a striated cuticle. They have eight legs and can become airborne by attaching them selves to a household dust particle.

The Dust Mite Life-Cycle
The average life cycle for a male house dust mite is 10 to 19 days. A mated female house dust mite can last up to 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs in the last 5 weeks of her life. In a 10-week life span, a house dust mite will produce approximately 2,000 fecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.

Controlling Dust Mites

The primary and most effective method of controlling dust mites and their fecal particles is by using a HEPA vacuum to control the household dust particles. Here a a few tips:

  • HEPA vacuum your mattress and box springs every month to remove microscopic skin flakes and other small dust particles.
  • Run a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom and other highly-used room 24/7.
  • Encase your mattress in a hypo-allergenic cover and wash weekly.
  • Keep dogs, cats and all other pets which produce dander from entering your bedroom.
  • HEPA vacuum all upholstery furniture, rugs and carpeting in the home weekly and all other surfaces every other week to minimize dust particles in the home.
  • Keep your skin moisturized will minimize the amount of skin flakes which you shed during sleeping.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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Workplace Allergies


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Workplace-AllergiesEveryday we go to work and perform our routine duties could be aggravating our allergies symptoms. We tend to think that the allergy symptoms we experience while working at the office are just because of outdoor pollen or mold counts for that day. However, more times than not, there is something lurking in the indoor environment of the buildings we work in which is directly causing of our symptoms.

As energy costs rise, building owners and management companies tend to do everything possible to make a building “tighter.” The tighter building trend has led to a new term being used to describe it; “sick building syndrome.” More and more building occupants are experiencing sickness and allergy related symptoms they attribute to their work environment.

Stan Hall of Megaclean, Inc recently stated to us “I have seen a rise in workplace allergies in buildings in the Dallas-Ft.Worth metroplex from mold spores found in the air handling systems. We get calls regularly in the spring and fall months from building owners and building management companies requesting inspections or cleaning of their air handling units to clean excessive mold which has built up over the past year. This mold becomes airborne quite easily and is blown into the workspace causing allergy related symptoms in non-allergy sufferers as well as allergy and asthma sufferers.”

My Job Is Making Me Sick

Without a doubt, mold spores growing in an air handler is the primary cause of allergy symptoms in an office environment while chemicals are in the typical industrial setting. So what can one do when they feel like their job in making them sick? Here are a few tips for dealing with the possibility of a workplace health problem:

  1. Ask your co-workers if they are also experiencing an allergy or other health symptoms they feel is directly related to work.
  2. Discuss it with your supervisor and suggest they pass the complaints along to the building manager or owner.
  3. Suggest that the building manager or owner have the building checked out by a qualified air conditioning contractor. There are even companies which can investigate and access the possibility of sick building syndrome and it’s many causes.
  4. If the supply air diffusers are very dirty, take a digital picture of it and email to the appropriate person for verification that they may have a indoor air quality deficiency.
  5. Suggest that the janitorial crew used a true HEPA vacuum cleaner which will help clean the work environment better that standard vacuums.
  6. Ask for a HEPA air purifier to be place in your immediate work environment to help filter the air better from potential air pollutants.

The bottom line: In this day of technology and knowledge, there is no excuse for allergy or other health symptoms from your workplace. Speak up if you feel being at work is making you ill and point out that it may be detrimental to your work productivity. More employers are realizing that creating a healthy work environment for their employees is good for the employee and what is good for the employee is good for the company.

Source: Stan Hall of Megaclean Inc. They provide Commercial/Industrial Cleaning & Environmental Services in Dallas, Texas since 1982. Stan Hall is also known as the Sick House Doctor and is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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